All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

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Web Link Sony Ericsson Store to Limit App Distribution

In what could be seen as a sign of the times, the Sony Ericsson Software shop will remove all applications which have not went through the Symbian Signed process of verification. While this has been noted (quietly) to be happening for some months, the fact that a Handset Manufactuer has finally taken this action will get a lot of Operators looking seriously at the idea of locking down phones. Symbian Signing an appliction currently costs in the region of $250 and upwards per installation file, plus a one time registration cost of $350 for the author. Thanks to NewLC for the link.
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Old 23-12-2004, 02:26 PM
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the fact that a Handset Manufactuer has finally taken this action will get a lot of Operators looking seriously at the idea of locking down phones.
If that starts happening, it's bye bye Symbian for me.

You'd think that people would have learned from the whole Orange SPV ordeal...
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Same here,if this starts to gain momentum i'll be really glad to go MS.
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Same here,if this starts to gain momentum i'll be really glad to go MS.
The best way to keep the Symbian platform open is to keep shouting about all the terrific non-Signed apps from little developers.

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I believe that 99% of the third party applications out there are not Symbian Signed,so lets start shouting!
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Maybe someone should start a project porting linux to phones that currently run symbian.

It should not be impossible (Kernel is ported to ARM architecture) and the only problems whould probably be related to the user interface, support for cellphone hardware, etc.

I still wonder why symbian was created. You are running a completly different platform that needs special software, so why did they start from scratch with a proprietary OS such as symbian? The only reason that I can see is controlling what software user may run (e.g. What prevents a future Symbian update from preventing non-signed programs from running?)

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Symbian OS actually has it;s basis in a VAX style kernel from the eraly nineties... it was stable and proven.
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